An innovative project to help Greater Manchester’s housing sector transition to low carbon electricity has won over £5 million of EU funding and the backing of mayor Andy Burnham.
The Homes as Energy Systems (HAES) project, led by social housing service provider Procure Plus, will install a number of energy efficient technologies across more than 700 properties in Greater Manchester.
The project will aim to prove that energy efficient homes with small-scale electricity generation and storage, when aggregated together into a ‘virtual power plant’, can actively contribute to a more dynamic energy system.
While it will be up to designer and contractor teams to propose the final solutions for each property, they will most likely include internal and/or external wall insulation, underfloor and roof insulation, new windows and doors, PV solar panels and battery storage. Other measures may include new heating systems and heat recovery ventilation.
Partners in the project include two local social housing providers, the University of Salford, smart energy experts Upside Energy and social enterprise RetrofitWorks.
‘Forefront of revolution’
As well as the expected benefits for occupants through the reduction of energy bills and for local businesses via increased tender opportunities, the project should deliver wider impacts too - including savings for local health services due to fewer admissions related to under-heated homes.
The HAES project will also directly support Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham’s aspirations for the city region to become ‘carbon neutral’ by 2038.
“It is projects like this that will keep the city region at the forefront of the low carbon industrial revolution, delivering growth and jobs at the same time as safeguarding our environment and acknowledging and responding to our responsibilities on climate change,” he said.
Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy and Renewables and Other Service Sector on 15 May 2019